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Um­berto Eco

trans­lated by Ca­te­rina Mon­giat Fa­rina and Ge­off Fa­rina fore­word by Francesco Erspamer “Whether writ­ing about Thomas Aquinas, James Bond, fas­cism, or semi­otics, [Eco] has con­sis­tently suc­ceeded in en­ter­tain­ing and in­form­ing his read­ers at the same time. This book is no ex­cep­tion. . . . As it ages, its use­ful­ness only in­creases. The trans­la­tion of How to Write a The­sis into English is long over­due.” —from the fore­word by Francesco Erspamer

256 pp., $19.95 pa­per


Grain Va­por Ray

edited by Ka­trin Klin­gan, Ashkan Sepah­vand, Christoph Rosol, and Bernd M. Scherer These vol­umes of­fer writ­ings that ap­proach the An­thro­pocene through the per­spec­tives of grain, va­por, and ray—the par­tic­u­late, the volatile, and the ra­di­ant. The first three vol­umes of­fer a se­ries of paired texts, with con­tem­po­rary writ­ers re­spond­ing to his­toric writ­ings. A fourth vol­ume of­fers a guide to the pro­ject as a whole. Not for sale in Ger­many, Aus­tria, and Switzer­land 1008 pp., 125 il­lus., $64.95 pa­per

WHITE CITY, BLACK CITY Ar­chi­tec­ture and War in Tel Aviv and Jaffa

Sharon Rot­bard

“A path-break­ing and bril­liant anal­y­sis.”

—Eyal Weiz­man, au­thor of Hol­low Land For sale in North Amer­ica, Aus­tralia, and New Zealand only 240 pp., 100 il­lus., $24.95 pa­per


Two Mil­len­nia of the Clas­si­cal Ro­man Cap­i­tal

edited by Paul Shaw

“The most com­pre­hen­sive, most thought­ful, and most en­ter­tain­ing ex­am­i­na­tion of a sin­gle set of letters I’ve ever read. The very no­tion that 1,900-yearold letters will be used to ad­ver­tise a block­buster at your lo­cal mul­ti­plex next week­end is as­ton­ish­ing, and is tes­ti­mony to the en­dur­ing power of the clas­si­cal Ro­man cap­i­tal.” —Michael Bierut, part­ner, Pen­ta­gram; au­thor, Seventy-Nine Short Es­says on De­sign

A Codex Book • 264 pp., 300 color il­lus., $54.95 cloth


edited by Lisa Lee

Gen­er­ously il­lus­trated es­says con­sider Isa Gen­zken’s re­mark­able body of work, from her early el­e­gant floor pieces to her later ex­plo­sive as­sem­blages.

Oc­to­ber Files • 216 pp., 53 il­lus., $18.95 pa­per

PAST FU­TURES Science Fic­tion, Space Travel, and Post­war Art of the Amer­i­cas

edited by Sarah J. Mon­tross

A sump­tu­ously il­lus­trated ex­plo­ration of themes from science fic­tion and space travel, as imag­ined by artists across the Amer­i­cas from the 1940s to the 1970s.

136 pp., 116 il­lus., color through­out, $29.95 cloth

THE EX­PE­RI­ENCE MA­CHINE Stan VanDerBeek’s Movie-Drome and Ex­panded Cin­ema

Glo­ria Sut­ton

An ar­gu­ment that the col­lab­o­ra­tive mul­ti­me­dia projects pro­duced by Stan VanDerBeek in the 1960s and 1970s an­tic­i­pate con­tem­po­rary new media and par­tic­i­pa­tory art prac­tices.

A Leonardo Book • 272 pp., 79 il­lus., $35 cloth


Post­so­cial­ist Art against Democ­racy

An­thony Gard­ner

“Life un­der con­di­tions of real so­cial­ism was a great school of dis­trust. An­thony Gard­ner de­scribes how post- com­mu­nist artists have tried to in­fect their Western au­di­ences with this gen­eral dis­trust— this time di­rected against lib­er­al­ism and democ­racy. Gard­ner’s book is a good in­tro­duc­tion into the rarely told story of the post-so­cial­ist dis­il­lu­sion­ment not only in the for­mer East but also in the ‘demo­cratic’ West.” —Boris Groys, Global Distin­guished Pro­fes­sor of Rus­sian and Slavic Stud­ies, New York Univer­sity

352 pp., 58 color il­lus., 32 b&w il­lus., $34.95 cloth


edited by Ed­ward A. Shanken

Writ­ings sur­vey sys­tem-based art, from its ori­gins in works from 1950s to the 1970s to its twenty-first cen­tury resur­gence in works that draw on cut­tingedge science. Doc­u­ments of Con­tem­po­rary Art se­ries Cop­ub­lished with Whitechapel Gallery, Lon­don Not for Sale in the UK and Europe 240 pp., $24.95 pa­per


Ed­u­ca­tional Com­plex

John Miller

An il­lus­trated ex­am­i­na­tion of a 1995 work by Mike Kel­ley that marked a sig­nif­i­cant change in his work. One Work se­ries • Dis­trib­uted for Af­ter­all Books 104 pp., 32 color il­lus., $16 pa­per

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